Natalie Payne of Payne Management is one of the most hard-working and respected agents I know.
With clients working at the very TOP of TV, film and theatre - she's a goldmine of information, on what it takes to get her actors in front of the biggest casting directors - and also has a deep understanding of how an agent and actor can work together, to form a formidable team.
I invited Natalie to take part in an agent phone-in for Act On This PREMIUM members, and...
Over the past few weeks, I've recorded podcasts with some SUPER-talented actors, branching out into the world of short film, for the very first time.
I'm all about actors creating their own work, rather than waiting for their agent to call, but I'm aware that not every actor is quite ready for that.
For that reason, I wanted to introduce the community to a director, who I've seen give more first chances to actors, than anyone else I know - Jason Wingard.
If you're not quite ready to create...
I love it when 2 past guests of Act On This, end up working together on a great project - and that's EXACTLY what has happened here!
Actor Rob-James Collier, who you'll know previously as Thomas in Downton Abbey, and BAFTA-winning director Jordan Hogg (BOTH great friends of the site), recently joined forces on season 3 of Channel 4's Ackley Bridge.
The duo are 2 of the most positive and motivated people I know in the acting industry, and so I leapt at the chance of bringing them...
Dark Money - directed by Lewis Arnold, cast by Victor Jenkins, starring Jill Halfpenny - is a dramatic triumph.
The show tells the fictional story of The Mensahs, whose lives are torn apart, after accepting a substantial pay off, to cover up the sexual abuse of their son, Issac.
The damage done by this dark money, runs deep, and the price of taking it is high.
In this roundtable podcast, I sit down with Lewis, Victor and Jill, to find out EXACTLY what went in to producing this outstanding...
If you've been around Act On This for a while, you'll know how PASSIONATE I am, about actors creating THEIR OWN WORK!
Over the last couple of years, the actors I see REALLY winning, are doing that, through the medium of short film.
I've had friends land HUGE jobs, gain mass attention, and even win Oscars by writing, directing and starring in their own shorts.
When I heard that Emmerdale's Jay Kontzle had just finished his first short film - Underwater - I was eager to get him round...
A few months back, I got an Instagram DM, asking me to check out an actor's first short film.
I get A LOT of requests to watch stuff, and always try where I can. The quality of projects varies, but once in a while I'm really blown away.
Actor, Liam Collins' film, My Toughest Battle - starring Coronation Street's Brooke Vincent - was one of these instances.
The film tells the story of a young boxer, who fights to understand and talk about his depression. Its...
In this FIRST for Act On This - I sit down for an acting agent phone-in with Icon Actors Management agent - Archie Purnell!
Archie is a dynamic, new breed of agent - going above and beyond to get his clients into the room, with the biggest casting directors in the UK.
This podcast is one of the most in-depth educations on agents and the industry - that you could EVER HAVE - it's ESSENTIAL listening for any actor!
THANKS SO MUCH to all of the actors who took part in this phone-in Q&A!
Lydia West is, in my opinion, one of TV's brightest young stars - recently appearing as Bethany, in Russell T Davies' era-defining drama, Years And Years.
I first met Lydia at the read-through for the show, and didn't know at the time, that I'd go on to play Billy - Bethany's boss.
It was during filming where I discovered Lydia's less than typical entry into the acting industry, and the inspiring story that has brought her to where she is today.
I just had to invite her over to record a...
Super-talented actress, Susannah Fielding, was thrust into the spotlight recently - playing the role of Jennie Gresham, in Steve Coogan's latest BBC One outing, This Time With Alan Partridge.
This certainly wasn't Susannah's first rodeo though, and what many might perceive as overnight success, was actually the culmination of 12 years+ hard work, grit, and determination.
In this exclusive Act On This podcast, I sit down with Susannah to chat about her incredible journey - and get...
Peter Dickson is one of the world's LEADING voiceover artists - with a career spanning more than 40 years, and a CV boasting over 250 of the biggest TV shows to have ever graced out screens.
You'll have heard Peter's voice countless times - he's the instantly recognisable voice of the The X Factor and Britain's Got Talent.
Something you might not know though - is that Peter runs THE LARGEST voiceover training company ON THE PLANET - www.gravyforthebrain.com.
I sat down with Peter to...